Caitlyn Jenner Says NC Law Opens the Door to ‘Abuse, Aggressive and Confrontational Behavior in Bathrooms’

By Melanie Arter | April 25, 2016 | 6:07pm EDT
Caitlyn Jenner (AP Photo)

In a post titled, “NC, GA, TN, and SD: What’s Next?” on her website, Caitlyn Jenner weighed in on the controversy over the North Carolina bathroom law and Mississippi’s religious freedom law.

“Lately, they’ve been mostly not-so-good bills. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what kind of message these harmful bills send, especially to transgender youth growing up in these states,” Jenner wrote.

“In North Carolina, the governor signed a law that, among other things, forces transgender people to use restrooms that don’t match the gender they live every day. Mississippi recently passed a broad anti-LGBT bill which also includes language that would allow any business or employer to force transgender people into the wrong restroom, putting their safety at risk,” Jenner added.

“New bills targeting LGBT people are now being debated in Tennessee and South Carolina, and on the horizon in Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, and Washington state,” Jenner wrote.

According to Jenner, the North Carolina bathroom bill could lead to “aggressive and confrontational behavior in bathrooms” and that women and girls may have to “prove that they are actually female” to use the bathroom.

“We all want safety and privacy in public bathrooms,” Jenner wrote. “But these anti-LGBT bills, like the ones in North Carolina and Mississippi, actually make us less safe, not more safe. They open the door to abuse, aggressive and confrontational behavior in bathrooms, and encourage strangers to demand that women and girls prove that they are actually female in order to use the restroom. No one wants that.”

As previously reported, North Carolina’s law, H.B. 2, is “an act to provide for single-sex multiple occupancy bathroom and changing facilities in schools and public agencies and to create statewide consistency in regulation of employment and public accommodations.”

It also states that those restrooms are to be used according to one’s biological sex – “the physical condition of being male or female, which is stated on a person’s birth certificate.” The law also allows for “accommodations” by allowing entities to provide single-use restrooms “upon a person’s request due to special circumstances.”

Also, in Mississippi, HB 1523 or the Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act, would protect religious organizations and individuals from being forced to act against their faith on matters involving same-sex marriage. Government officials who want to recuse themselves from involvement in a same-sex marriage would have to take “all necessary steps” to ensure that a marriage license is not delayed.

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